Sustainable urban development is crucial.

Cities consume 75 per cent of the world’s natural resources, produce half the planet’s waste and generate 60-80 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

EIT Climate-KIC’s Urban Transitions experts advise cities and districts on how best to transform urban environments into decarbonised and climate-resilient beacons. Our aim is to be a global leader in enabling urban stakeholders to drive this systemic change. By combining our rich network of partners, innovation portfolio, education programme and approach to entrepreneurship, we aim to meet the following goals by 2030:

  • Deep retrofit: current retrofit rates are too low to meet Europe’s 2030 Climate and Energy Roadmap and 2050 greenhouse gas reductions target. We will contribute to deep cuts in district energy consumption by tripling annual retrofit rates across Europe and enabling district-scale energy production.

  • Greening cities: we will help lead the deployment of 20 nature-based urban infrastructure solutions to help cities combat extreme heat, urban flooding and become climate-resilient.

  • Clean mobility: we are working towards a 50 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions from Europe’s urban transportation by catalysing the shift from private transportation towards a clean-energy ‘mobility-as-a-service’ model. 

  • Multi-level capacity building: we work with citizens, students, start-ups, corporations and city authorities to comprehensively tackle urban climate challenges at all levels.

To support cities on their complex sustainability journey we offer a raft of dedicated schemes.

Our impact

  • 15 cities actively participating in our network
  • up to 11 million citizens engaged
  • up to 50 kiloton CO2e per annum of avoided greenhouse gas emissions
  • estimated €5 billion funds channelled through the programme
  • up to 2 million jobs created
  • up to 40 million trees planted and 400 km2 of green spaces created

Our Initiatives


“Focusing our activities on city ecosystems means we can pilot innovation in a particular way where climate innovation is joined up, scaled up, and adds up to actions that keep us well within the 2 ˚C global warming threshold.”

Dr. Kirsten Dunlop, CEO Climate-KIC